'Axe' Credit / Macomb County Sheriff's Department

Gunman Kills St. Clair Shores K9 During Police Pursuit

November 05, 2018 - 9:15 am

ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) - Local law enforcement is mourning the loss of a K9 police dog who was shot to death Sunday night in pursuit of a gunman in St. Clair Shores.

The incident began when a man with a rifle was seen outside the Lakeside Banquet Hall, where police say there were 70 people inside, reportedly for a baby shower.

The suspect took off on foot when police arrived -- ignoring orders to halt. He allegedly shot the K9, named Axe, during the pursuit.

Officers returned fire at the suspect, identifed as 29-year-old Theoddeus Gray of Detroit, who was struck. Both the police dog and suspect died from their injuries. Axe had been with the department for four years.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office is investigating.